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Leonidas Williams (1892 - 1983)

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Leonidas Williams
1892 - 1983
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July 25, 1892
Death
October 1983
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Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina 27932
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Leonidas Williams was born on July 25, 1892. He died in October 1983 at 91 years old. We know that Leonidas Williams had been residing in Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina 27932.
Updated: October 7, 2011
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Leonidas Williams passed away in October 1983 at 91 years of age. He was born on July 25, 1892. We have no information about Leonidas' family. We know that Leonidas Williams had been residing in Edenton, Chowan County, North Carolina 27932.
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In 1892, in the year that Leonidas Williams was born, on January 1st, Ellis Island opened to process immigrants. 700 passed through on the first day - in the first year, 450,000 were processed. The processing center was originally a 3 story wooden building - with outbuildings - that burned down a few years later.

In 1929, he was 37 years old when the St. Valentine's Day Massacre happened on February 14th. In Chicago, seven men from the North Side Irish gang were gunned down by Al Capone's South Side Italian gang at the garage at 2122 North Clark Street. Al Capone was making a successful move to take over Chicago's organized crime. But the St. Valentine's Day massacre also resulted in a public outcry against all gangsters.

In 1960, at the age of 68 years old, Leonidas was alive when on May 1st, an American CIA U-2 spy plane, piloted by Francis Gary Powers, was shot down by a surface-to-air missile over the Soviet Union. Powers ejected and survived but was captured. The U.S. claimed that the U-2 was a "weather plane" but Powers was convicted in the Soviet Union of espionage. He was released in 1962 after 1 year, 9 months and 10 days in prison.

In 1970, Leonidas was 78 years old when on May 4th, four students at Kent State University in Ohio were shot and killed by National Guardsmen. The students were at a peaceful demonstration protesting the invasion of Cambodia by US forces. There had been precedent for the killing of American college students. The previous year, on May 15th, Alameda County Sheriffs used shotguns against U.C. Berkeley students at a protest for People's Park. One student died, one was blinded, 128 were injured.

In 1983, in the year of Leonidas Williams's passing, physicist Sally K. Ride, 32, became the first US woman astronaut in space as a crew member aboard space shuttle Challenger on June 18th. She was also the youngest (32) astronaut to go into space. Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman in space in 1963.

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